A 12-hour bandh on Tuesday,called by the All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) and 28 other organisations to protest against attacks on minorities,resulted in sporadic group clases across the state,prompting the police to open fire in as many as eight places and impose curfew in three areas. One person was killed in mob violence in Barpeta.
While supporters of the bandh clashed with those opposing it in various places,a 60-year-old man identified as Jnanen Mandal was killed in the violence in Koirabari-Beltola village under Barpeta Road police station,said L R Bishnoi,IGP (Law & Order),Assam Police.
At least 50 people were reported to have been injured in clashes in different places,including 30 who were injured in police lathicharge. Four police personnel,including a woman constable,were injured when mobs pelted stones. One person,identified as Makibur Rahman,was injured in police firing.
Those supporting the bandh burned effigies of Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary and BJP leader L K Advani in different places.
The police detained at least 770 people during the day in different places in connection with the clashes,road blockades and attack on police personnel. Of these,30 have been arrested and sent to jail. Sixty more were detained in connection with the Koirabari-Beltola incident in Barpeta in the evening.
Indefinite curfew has been imposed in three places Tezpur police station area,Barpeta Road police station area and Howli outpost area.
In Dolabari under Tezpur police station,bandh supporters blocked roads,pelted stones on vehicles and specifically targeted and damaged a van carrying newspapers. When the police arrived on the spot,the mob set the police vehicle on fire.
Tezpur PS officer Tapas Chakravarty and a woman constable sustained serious injuries.
The groups organising protest rallies,bandhs and other demonstrations are increasingly targeting the media. At least six mediapersons three in Tezpur,two in Barpeta,one in Goalpara sustained serious injuries on Tuesday when mobs specifically targeted them during the 12-hour bandh. Four of those injured belonged to different television channels. Mobs had targeted mediapersons in Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts too when violence first broke out in July. ENS